Former CPC Chongqing secretary Bo Xilai, once considered a favorite selection to the CPC Politburo standing committee and a champion for reform in China, denied corruption charges brought against him during his first day of trial in Jinan, Shandong Province, according to the Chinese language World Journal.
Bo unequivocally rejected charges of embezzlement, bribery, and abuse of power during his tenure as mayor of Dalian in a trial opened to the public in what Chinese media dubbed as China's trial of the century.
Prosecutors read the charges against Bo for receiving nearly 21.8 million yuan between 1999 and 2006 from property developers.
Bo was stripped of his post and expelled in 2012 from the CPC after his Chongqing Public Security chief Wang Lijun sought asylum in the United States consulate in Chengdu before walking out on his own will.
The political scandal that followed exposed the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood by Bo's wife Gu Kailai in November of 2011.
Gu was convicted in August, 2012 in a Hefei court in Anhui Province for the murder of Heywood who had helped Bo and Gu acquire properties abroad.
Wang was sentenced to fifteen years in September, 2012 in a Chengdu court for treason and bribery.